Making Maple Syrup!
We're wrapping up our Sugaring season tonight. The weather is changing and the trees will soon be using all their sap to push buds out.
Our season really began a few weeks before the sap began to run. That's when we were busy setting up our equipment, cleaning buckets, and tapping trees. We set around 275 taps this year and collected the sap with buckets. We made a total of 44 gallons of pure Maple Syrup and had a great time.
Maple Syrup is a Vermont tradition and most every youngster remembers making his or her very own Maple Syrup over an open fire in a big kettle. That's called Kettle Syrup:
If you have a few Maple trees around you can make some kettle syrup yourself. It's easy to make and tastes great!
My Sugarbush has thousands of Maple trees in it so I purchased an older arch with two pans. It's 10'x3.5' and is a little large for the number of trees we tapped this year but allows us to grow into our Sugarbush.
Over the last couple of years we've been logging and thinning areas of the ranch to develop a Sugarbush:
Working in the Sugarbush
Measuring snow so we can reach the buckets when the snow melts...
Tapping trees with alot of help from my friends
Sap buckets hung and waiting for the sap to begin to run
The Sugar Shack
The Temperature test...Boiling plus 7!
The 'Sheeting' Test
The Hydrometer and Maple Syrup!
Filtering the Maple Syrup
Grading the Maple Syrup with a 2007 Maple Syrup Grading Kit
The fruit of alot of hard work!